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British tourist, 55, slips and falls to death from cliff in front of partner in Balearic Islands

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British tourist, 55, slips and falls to his death from 400 feet of cliff in front of his partner and friends while holidaying in the Balearic Islands

  • Man visited a famous lighthouse on the island of Formentera on Tuesday
  • He was walking along a cliff with his partner and friends when he slipped
  • He couldn’t recover from the tripping and threw himself off the rock face
  • A Civil Guard spokesman confirmed the death was being treated as a tragic accident

A British tourist died Tuesday after he slipped and plunged nearly 120 feet off a cliff on the paradise-like Balearic island of Formentera.

The 55-year-old, who lived in London, lost his footing while trekking up the ridge while visiting a spectacular lighthouse called La Mola, and was unable to recover from the trip.

According to local reports, he was with his partner and a group of friends when the tragedy happened.

He was initially described locally as a Lebanese man, but police sources confirmed on Friday that he lived in the UK and held a British passport.

Emergency services had to resort to drones, jet skis and a helicopter to locate his body, as it could not be seen from the top of the cliff from which he fell.

The man slipped while trekking along the edge of a cliff on the island of Formentera while visiting the lighthouse of La Mola

A Civil Guard helicopter eventually managed to locate the spot where he had landed, about 15 meters out to sea.

Footage released by police shows an officer attaching a rescue bag to a winch hook before it was removed by the helicopter.

The dead man is said to have enjoyed a day trip to Formentera after taking a boat from the neighboring island of Ibiza, where he stayed in a luxury hotel.

A Civil Guard spokesman confirmed the death was being treated as a tragic accident and there was no indication that it was the result of a crime.

The lighthouse of La Mola is known as one of the main tourist attractions of Formentera.

It is located on the edge of a cliff on the east side of the island on the plateau of La Mola.

The lighthouse of La Mola is known as one of the main tourist attractions of Formentera

The lighthouse of La Mola is known as one of the main tourist attractions of Formentera

One of its most impressive features is the view of the Mediterranean, with locals and holidaymakers flocking to the area at sunrise and sunset.

Jules Verne wrote about the place in his novel Hector Servadec, describing it as the ‘lighthouse at the end of the world’. Since 2019 it houses a museum and interpretation center.

The area where the British tourist fell is said to have been protected with ropes designed to keep visitors away from dangerous spots after an incident there involving a local resident four years ago.

It was not immediately clear Friday where on the cliff the dead man was when he lost his balance and fell.

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